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National Health Service (Expenditure)

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of gross national product was spent on the National Health Service in the latest year for which figures are available; and what this was as a percentage of all public expenditure.

In 1978, the latest year for which figures are available, 5·46 per cent. of gross national product at factor cost was spent on the National Health Service.(1) This represented 12·2 per cent. of all public expenditure.(2)Source: National Income and Expenditure (Blue Book) 1979, CSO.

Notes:

(1 ) NHS expenditure is net of income from charges in the calculations.

(2 ) Public expenditure here excludes debt interest.